Of course I really can't actually count down the days for when Murder in the Worst Degree will come out, because I don't know when--just sometime in March.
But I've been planning for the birth for months now.
The first thing I worked on was setting up a blog tour for the month of April. Actually it will begin March 31. Blog tours are a lot of work, but I enjoy doing them. (I'll post the schedule as the time grows closer.)
Of course I had to come up with a blurb for Murder in the Worst Degree and this is it:
The body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.
One of the most unusual facts about this book is I had the title first. It was suggested to me by a friend and when I started writing the book I had no idea how I would tie the title into the plot. In fact, I didn't really know until I got near the end.
Here's what I have planned so far: (Everything is in California except for PSWA conference.)
Handing out cards with the cover and information at Left Coast Crime. (Not sure the book will be available yet--and though I'm on a panel it's for a book in my other series.)
Saturday, April 6, 1-3 A booksigning with the Central Coast chapter of Sisters in Crime at the Coalesce Book store in Morro Bay.
Monday, April 14, 10 a.m., A presentation at the Porterville Library, Porterville.
Saturday, April 19, Part of a panel on plotting, 9:30 to noon, Santa Maria Library,Santa Maria.
Saturday, May 17, 1-3, The book launch party at the Porterville Art Gallery, Porterville.
Saturday, June 28, 12-2 Joining the SJ Sisters in Crime at the Lompoc Library, Lompoc.
July 10-13, Public Safety Writers Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
Friday and Saurday, November 7 and 8, Porterville Art Association's Holiday Boutique, Porterville Art Gallery
November 13-16, Bouchercon, Long Beach.
And yes, there are still some gaps that I hope to fill.
Of course I'll be busy online with Facebook and Twitter and other places.
Can you tell I'm getting anxious for this birth?
Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith